Tuesday, May 27, 2008

mission statement

To live communal, think missional and worship authentically for the name and renown of Jesus Christ.

This is our current mission statement at Gateway Fellowship in Royse City, Texas. The questions that I find myself asking are simply:
- How well are we doing life together?
- Are we really missional in our thinking?
- How real are we?

My hope and desire is that these biblical principles are prevalent and practiced with due diligence in our community of believers. It is the call that the Lord has put on the church. It is the key to a balanced and biblical church. I pray that the community that we serve sees us as just that.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Holes- as given by Kerry Mackey

“identifying holes in our assimilation strategy“.

1st - don’t think like a Christ follower or church goer. You know where you are going and for the most part church goers know what to expect. Think like those who have never been to your church before.

2nd - know what you want people to know, where you want them to go, and how you want them to grow. Another words “NEXT STEPS”. Know before you start trying to communicate it to someone else.

3rd - evaluate EVERY piece of communication - oral, print, broadcast, and digital media. Brand it, message it, and unify it across campuses with a non church goer in mind. Remember, if you have to interpret it for someone it isn’t very good. They need to be able to understand it without your assistance.

4th - make sure your staff knows the plan - everyone must be on the same page and it needs to be transferable across campuses. Cross training is imperative. Multiple systems cause multiple problems so unify.

5th - get plenty of input from plenty of people - think tanks and way finding groups are very important. Gather groups for information; however, don’t gather groups for decisions. Take the information and have a smaller team decide, develop, and deliver.

6th - show up palms up - don’t go into this with predetermined agendas. Agendas don’t grow…they control. We don’t do control. We do ministry

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Irresistible Revolution: living as an ordinary radical

I am reading a book called "The Irresistible Revoltion: living as an ordinary radical" written by Shane Claiborne. I have to say that after about the first 3 or 4 chapters, I needed to put the book down in an attempt to really reflect on where I am and how I am living. I love these statements that he makes;

"We can admire and worship Jesus without doing what He did. We can applaud what He preached and stood for without caring about the same things. We can adore His cross without taking up ours" - Shane Claiborne

"Jesus teaches that it is nothing extraordinary to love our friends and relatives, people who think like us. He says that even the pagans and sinners love their friends (Matt 5:46-47) But we are to be extraordinary; we are to love people who don't think and look like us, even our enemies" - Shane Claiborne

"When we look through the eyes of Jesus, we see new things in people. In the murderers, we see our own hatred. In the addicts, we see our own addictions. In the saints, we catch glimpses of our own holiness. We can see our own brokenness, our own violence, our own ability to destroy, and we can see our own sacredness, our own capacity to love and forgive. When we realize that we are both wretched and beautiful, we are freed up to see others the same way" - Shane Claiborne

Monday, May 5, 2008

the question

In our attempt to become more communal and missional in our churches, is it possible to lose sight of the One who gave us the mission and desire for community?